Pembroke teen Tam Duc Le was released from the Bryan County Jail at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, after his mother posted a $91,400 bond.
Le was arrested Tuesday, charged with three felony counts of first degree vehicular homicide for the March deaths of Bryan County teens Heather Arthur, 15; her sister, Melissa Arthur, 17; and Laura Cobb, 16. Le also is charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and driving too fast for conditions.
Brenda France, Melissa and Heather Arthur’s grandmother, said the Arthur family is going through an emotional time right now.
Not only because the tragedy has been thrust back into the media spotlight with the arrest of Le, but also because it is during a time of milestone birthdays for both of her deceased granddaughters.
"It’s just really hard because it’s Heather’s birthday today," France said. "She would have been 16 (Friday). Melissa would have been18 last Monday. Derrick (Arthur – the girls’ father) didn’t go to work today being Heather’s birthday. Jesse (her husband and grandfather to Arthur girls) and I have to watch them suffer so badly every day. Every day."
"I’ve lost my grandbabies and watch my daughter (Sherry Arthur) go through this every day," France continued. "She stays with me just about every day, and there’s not a day that goes by since the accident that she’s been O.K. It just breaks my heart."
"I spoke to Laura’s dad (Steve Cobb) the other night and he’s in the same state we are right now," France added.
As for the case against Le, France complimented the efficiency of Bryan County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Mike Maxwell, who led the investigation resulting in the charges.
"I am pleased with the fact that the investigation is moving forward and what Capt. Maxwell has done," France said. "He seems to have crossed all his t’s and dotted his i’s in this case. It took a while, but I know these things take time."
France said her family was pleased with the fact that Le was arrested at school because that should serve as a visual example to other students the repercussions of reckless driving.
Maxwell said the next step in this case will be a presentation by Maxwell to the grand jury, which could potentially include witnesses. If the grand jury indicts, an arraignment hearing will take place in which Le will render a plea of guilty or not guilty. From there, a date will be set for either a jury or bench trial, according to Maxwell.